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Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

Find Healthy Cooking Magazine side dishes for a healthy and light addition to your meal. Get side dish recipes from our Healthy Cooking Magazine.

Crispy Zucchini Cakes

Crispy Zucchini Cakes

Crispy Zucchini Cakes

“I love these ‘crab cakes’ without the crab!” writes Mary Wagner from Austin, Pennsylvania. The crispy, well-seasoned zucchini patties make a change-of-pace dish that’s perfect for dressing up a light summer supper.

Saucy Bow Ties and Broccoli

Saucy Bow Ties and Broccoli

Saucy Bow Ties and Broccoli

From Ogden, Utah, Kris Capener shares her secret recipe for getting the kids to eat their broccoli. “The tasty sauce and fun shape of the bow-tie pasta bring them back for second servings of this yummy, healthy dinner every time,“ she says.

Quick Stir-Fried Vegetables

Quick Stir-Fried Vegetables

Quick Stir-Fried Vegetables

Jane Shapton of Irvine, California needs less than 30 minutes to prepare this crisp-tender veggie stir-fry for her family. And it tastes just as garden-fresh as it looks.
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Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots

“Ginger adds extra zing to this bright orange side dish,” relates Joyce Guth of Mohnton, Pennsylvania. “It goes especially well with a ham dinner.”

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf

I created this recipe after tasting quinoa at a local restaurant. I really enjoy rice pilaf, but I don’t usually have time to make it. This quick-cooking side is a tasty alternative. –Sonya Fox of Peyton, Colorado

Orange Couscous

Orange Couscous

Orange Couscous

Here’s a fabulous, healthy side dish that features a delightful blend of fresh herbs and sunny citrus flavors. Says Kathleen Martin of Medford, New York, “Anytime I take this to a picnic…the bowl is always the first one emptied!” TIP: When herbs are fresh and plentiful in her garden, Kathleen Martin chops and freezes them with the oil, lime juice and soy sauce, then stores in Zip-loc bags. That way she can enjoy this tasty dish with fresh herb flavor all year long.

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. The sweet-tart flavor of the dried cranberries really complements the dish's turkey sausage. —Corinne Portteus, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Veggies from the Grill

Veggies from the Grill

Veggies from the Grill

Bright asparagus, yellow summer squash and other vegetables get flame-broiled treatment in this must-try side dish. The grilled specialty gets a flavor boost from red wine vinegar, basil and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Veggie Kabobs with Gingered Yogurt

Veggie Kabobs with Gingered Yogurt

Veggie Kabobs with Gingered Yogurt

"This is a great way to serve vegetables for a colorful, summery meal," says Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan. "They're eye-appealing and so tasty and easy to make!"

Greek-Style Squash

Greek-Style Squash

Greek-Style Squash

What a great way to use up all that summer squash! You can almost taste the sunshine in this quick, colorful vegetable dish and the foil packets make for carefree cleanup. —Betty Washburn, Reno, Nevada

Fast Italian Vegetable Skillet

Fast Italian Vegetable Skillet

Fast Italian Vegetable Skillet

This colorful blend of sauteed vegetables is as pretty as it is tasty. “The recipe was given to me by a dear friend, and it’s become a family favorite. It’s a quick summer side from our garden,” notes Sue Spencer from Coarsegold, California.
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